Brewster High School senior Meagan Beal accepted the 2018-2019 Section 1 New York State Athletic Administrators Association Scholar Athlete Award on February 1 in a room filled with athletic directors from surrounding school districts.
“Student athletes have an opportunity to apply for this award through an essay and then our Athletic Administrators Association community chooses our winners,” explained Tommy Baker, the Chapter Awards Chair. Beal accepted the award alongside a male winner, Ryan Onatzevitch from Yorktown High School.
Before presenting the award, Dean Berardo, Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics for Brewster schools, had a few words to say about Beal, who was accompanied to the event by her proud, smiling parents, Adam and Cyndi Beal.
“One of Brewster High School’s finest citizens, Meagan is involved in numerous civic activities outside of school,” Berardo noted. “We are truly proud of her as a representation of the Brewster Central School District and our community.”
Beal, who was just seven years old when she first picked up a lacrosse stick, will be playing Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse for Furman University in Greenville, S.C. next year. Named All Section last year and Academic All American, Beal plans to study neuroscience in college.
As an athlete, Beal has also earned All-League awards in soccer and basketball. As a scholar, she is ranked 11th out of 224 students and has an SAT score of 1320. Overall, her grade point average is 4.0.
Beal’s application will be entered into consideration with eleven section winners throughout New York State to determine a New York State winner and, eventually, a National winner.
“I couldn’t think of a better candidate to represent Brewster Central School District,” Berardo said.
Beal, who is incredibly humble, credits her teachers and parents for being understanding and encouraging about both her academic and athletic endeavors.
“My parents make sure I get all my work done because school is obviously just as important as sports. And my teachers are very understanding. I credit it all to them.”
When asked about advice for other students who are trying to juggle academics with an extracurricular passion, Beal didn’t hesitate.
“I don’t want to sound cheesy, but honestly it really is time management,” she said. “When you have a free period or when you have a free hour to do whatever you want, do your work. Then, if you have free time later in the day, you can use that for yourself rather than stressing about getting everything done.”